A couple of months ago, a co-worker gave us a couple buckets of fresh strawberries from his sister’s farm. This farm is locally famous for it’s strawberries so we were naturally thrilled at having received them. As it was near the end of the season, the strawberries had a shorter shelf life and it was apparent we weren’t going to be able to eat them fast enough. Not wanting them to go to waste, I decided to make strawberry freezer jam.
If you’ve never had freezer jam, you absolutely must try it. Personally, I think it’s better than regular jam and it’s so easy to make. I talked my 17-year-old, Hannah, into helping me (i.e., doing most of the work), and we had a very good time.
We simply followed the directions on the Sure Jell package and in no time (less than an hour), we had several little jars of jam. The recipe can be found here: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/30-minutes-homemade-surejell-strawberry-freezer-jam-50137.aspx
You can make this with other fruit, as well. I think blackberry would be fabulous!
This was the finished product, right after it was canned.
Freezer jam is great on biscuits, toast, bagels…pretty much anything. One word of advice, though–use bigger jars! The half pint ones I used don’t last very long.
I’d love to hear about other flavor ideas you have!